By John Schweibacher
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The Devils come into the week having gone 2-0-1 over their last three games thanks to Martin Brodeur, who registered back-to-back shutouts for the first time since April of 2010; a 3-0 win over the Flyers last Thursday night in Philadelphia and a 5-0 victory against the Nashville Predators Sunday night at Prudential Center.
Brodeur had to stop just 15 shots against Nashville. It was just the 8th time Brodeur faced 15 or fewer shots on goal in a shutout.
· 12/4/03 vs. Was 9
· 3/21/01 vs. NYR 11
· 3/20/11 at CBJ 13
· 10/9/99 vs. TB 14
· 4/8/99 vs. Was 15
· 3/4/01 vs. TB 15
· 12/18/03 at Atl 15
· 11/10/13 vs. NSH 15
Brodeur now has 12 career shutouts against Philadelphia, his most vs. any opponent:
· Philadelphia 12
· NY Islanders 10
· NY Rangers 9
· Carolina 9
· Montreal 9
Brodeur’s shutout against Nashville was his first in 18 career games against the Predators. San Jose (19 games) and Edmonton (18 games) are the only two teams Brodeur has not had a shutout against in his NHL career.
Cam Janssen has made an impact for the Devils since being called up from Albany, scoring a goal in New Jersey’s 3-0 win in Philadelphia and another against the Predators in the Devils’ 5-0 win Sunday night.
The goals were just the 4th and 5th of Janssen’s career and his 2nd and 3rd for New Jersey. Janssen’s first Devils’ goal came back on February 24th, 2007 against the Washington Capitals
Here are the longest gaps between goals in separate stints with Devils:
•Brendan Shanahan: 17 years, 2 months & 20 days (3/31/91 vs. NY Islanders-1/19/09 at Nashville).
•Steve Sullivan: 16 years, 1 month & 23 days (2/15/07 at Montreal-4/7/13 at Buffalo).
•Jim Dowd: 10 years, 11 months & 20 days (11/18/95 vs. Buffalo-11/7/06 vs. Carolina).
•Petr Sykora: 9 years, 6 months & 17 days (4/12/02 vs. Montreal-10/29/11 at Dallas).
•Brian Rolston: 8 years, 11 months & 9 days (10/27/99 vs. St. Louis-10/16/08 at Atlanta).
•Jason Arnott: 8 years, 7 months & 8 days (3/1/02 vs. Toronto-10/7/10 vs. Dallas).
•Cam Janssen: 6 years, 8 months & 16 days (2/24/07 vs. Washington-11/8/13 at Philadelphia).
•Bobby Holik: 6 years, 8 months & 13 days (4/1/02 at NY Islanders-12/13/08 vs. Buffalo).
•Tommy Albelin: 6 years, 4 months & 19 days (10/19/95 vs. Detroit-3/10/02 at Dallas).
•Pascal Rheaume: 6 years & 23 days (2/20/97 atFlorida-3/15/03 vs. NY Rangers).
•Vladimir Malakhov: 5 years, 6 months & 18 days (4/2/00 at Tampa Bay-10/20/05 at Pittsburgh).
•Stephane Richer: 5 years, 11 months, 27 days (3/28/96 at St. Louis-3/27/02 at Pittsburgh).
•Claude Lemieux: 4 years, 6 months & 9 days (4/28/95 vs. Florida-11/6/99 vs. Toronto).
•Alexander Mogilny: 4 years, 6 months & 4 days (4/3/01 at Washington-10/7/05 at Philadelphia).
•Mike Rupp: 2 years, 8 months & 26 days (2/14/04 vs. Carolina-11/9/06 vs. Chicago).
The Florida Panthers fired head coach Kevin Dineen last week and named Peter Horachek as their interim head coach. Former Devil John Madden, who joined the Panthers as a scout in September, was elevated to assistant coach.
Including Dave Barr, Scott Stevens and Chris Terreri with New Jersey, Madden is one of 15 former Devils players who are currently head coaches or assistants in the NHL:
· Scott Niedermayer (Ana)
· Kirk Muller (Car)
· John MacLean (Car)
· Dave Lewis (Car)
· Joel Quenneville (Chi)
· Mike Kitchen (Chi)
· John Madden (Fla)
· Phil Housley (Nsh)
· Dave Barr (NJD)
· Scott Stevens (NJD)
· Chris Terreri (NJD)
· Dave Cameron (Ott)
· Jeff Reese (Phi)
· Sean Burke (Phx)
· Roland Melanson (Van)
The Devils suffered another shootout loss, 2-1, against the Maple Leafs last Friday night in Toronto. New Jersey is now 0 and 4 in shootouts this season and has lost its last eight tie-breakers and 11 of 13 dating back to last season. The Devils have not won a shootout on the road since December 13th, 2011, going 0 for their last 8 tie-breakers away from Prudential Center. New Jersey is 0-for-14 on shootout attempts this season and has not scored on their last 20 overall dating back to Travis Zajac’s successful shot against the Ottawa Senators on March 25th.
Cory Schneider took the hard-luck, 2-1, in the shootout loss Friday night in Toronto, dropping his record to 1-4-3 so far this season. Schneider’s record however is not the worst by a Devils’ goalie after his first eight regular season games with New Jersey:
· Ron Low 1-7-0
· Hannu Kamppuri 1-7-0
· Chris Terreri 0-6-2
· Cory Schneider 1-4-3
· Bob Sauve 2-5-1
Here are the Devils goalies with the best records after their first eight regular season games with New Jersey:
· Sean Burke 7-1-0
· Scott Clemmensen 5-2-1
· Martin Brodeur 5-3-0
· John Vanbiesbrouck 5-3-0
· Johan Hedberg 4-3-1
Jason Arnott, who clinched the New Jersey Devils’ second Stanley Cup title with a double-overtime goal against the Dallas Stars in 2000, officially announced his retirement last Tuesday.
Arnott, who played for six teams during his 18-year NHL career, scored 110 goals and 135 assists in his 364 games played during his two stints with the Devils. In 58 post-season games with New Jersey, Arnott had 18 goals and 23 assists.
Here is the list of the players who scored a Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal:
· 2010 Patrick Kane (Chi)
· 2000 Jason Arnott (NJD)
· 1999 Brett Hull (Dal)
· 1996 Uwe Krupp (Col)
· 1980 Bobby Nystrom (NYI)
· 1977 Jacques Lemaire (Mtl)
· 1970 Bobby Orr (Bos)
· 1966 Henri Richard (Mtl)
· 1954 Tony Leswick (Det)
· 1953 Elmer Lach (Mtl)
· 1951 Bill Barilko (Tor)
· 1950 Pete Babando (Det)
· 1944 Toe Blake (Mtl)
· 1940 Bryan Hextall (NYR)
· 1934 Mush March (Chi)
· 1933 Bill Cook (NYR)
Minus: Patrik Elias. Missed 5th straight game with back spasms Sunday, Devils have now totaled 47 man-games lost to injuries/illness so far in 2013-14.
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